Jenna Hoy, "Sally’s Couch"
Jenna Hoy, "Sally's Couch"

It's time to take a road trip. Your journey is through photographs. And your tour guides are an assemblage of international and local photographers.

That's the premise of Spirit Level V: An American Road Trip, on view April 1-25 in the University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, First Floor, UMass Lowell South Campus and The ALL Gallery, 177 Merrimack St., Lowell.

The exhibition features the work of 18 photography students (six each) from Norway's Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo, The Ecole Superieure d'Arts and Medias de Caen in Cherbourg, France, and UMass Lowell Art Department Photography Program.

The students took a three-caravan road trip from Lowell to the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., and on to Lexington, Va., to visit the studio farm of well-known American photographer Sally Mann.

Photos by Peter Appareti
Photos by Peter Appareti

UMass Lowell photography professor and internationally known photographer-curator Arno Rafael Minkkinen, the 2012 Nancy Donahue Professor of Art at UML, led the trip, along with professors Chehalis Hegner of UML, Christophe Bouder from ESAM and Inge Helland of the Bilder Nordic School.

Opening receptions take place on Thursday, April 4, at the University Gallery, 5-7 p.m. and the ALL Gallery, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For hours and information, visit

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